JOHN LYDON ON SID VICIOUS

From the Independent-

John Lydon: ‘I’m not a leader, bully or dictator’

Agitator, innovator, naturist: more than thirty years after crashing into the public sphere, John Lydon is still as hard to define as ever

The Big Interview by Christina Patterson

Friday, 11 December 2009

Here's Johnny: after a 16-year hiatus, and despite a complete overhaul of their line-up, John Lydon is preparing to take Public Image Ltd on tour

DAVID SANDISON

Here’s Johnny: after a 16-year hiatus, and despite a complete overhaul of their line-up, John Lydon is preparing to take Public Image Ltd on tour

 

 

 

 

I can’t," says John Lydon, "drink out of a cup that’s chipped." Er, sorry? The man who snarled and spat his way through my early adolescence, the spiky-haired scrap of flesh who looked like he’d crawled out of a gutter, and screamed the language of the gutter, and had mothers across the nation tutting over their ironing boards, and politicians fulminating, and church groups demonstrating, and members of the public fighting to beat him up, can’t drink out of a cup that’s chipped?. Why not? Because his mother wouldn’t approve? "No," says Lydon matter-of-factly, "because that’s where all the infections come from."

He has just realised that he’s left his anti-histamines at home. Not, it has to be said, the drugs that instantly spring to mind when you think of the Sex Pistols, or its former lead singer, but I’ve already had the shock of discovering that that scrawny, shrieking, spitting creature now looks, in his smart grey suit and black tie, a bit avuncular. A flamboyant uncle, certainly, the kind who’d get everyone on their feet after the Christmas dinner for a bit of a boogie, but most definitely benign. The smile – no longer the dental horror that earned him the sobriquet "Rotten", but still with a big gap where a tooth should be – is warm. The studio in south London where he’s rehearsing with his old band Public Image Ltd, and where I’m sipping tea by a fan heater, isn’t.

"I was a sickly child," he says. "The other day we went back to visit one of the council flats where I was raised. Not a great deal of washing took place in my early life, and it occurred to me that that might be why I was so ill." Well, maybe it was. The son of Irish immigrants, Lydon was brought up in what would now be classified as a slum in Finsbury Park. It was, according to his autobiography, Rotten, just two rooms: a bedroom, shared by the entire family, and a kitchen shared with giant rats. Baths, with cold water and Dettol, were once a month. If punk was later appropriated by the disaffected middle classes, there was certainly no affectation in Lydon’s own claims to poverty. The "holidays in the sun" he sang about in the Sex Pistols were about as likely as a trip to Mars.

Perhaps it was the rats that caused the spinal meningitis Lydon caught when he was seven. He was in hospital for a year and when he came out he had lost his memory. He didn’t recognise his parents, or his brothers, but his mother sat by his bedside and tried to re-teach him everything he’d lost. It was the meningitis that gave him the slight hunchback, and the manic stare. It was the meningitis, too, that gave him the fear he still has of going to sleep at night, and maybe even the headaches. "I get terrible headaches after reading for a long period of time," he says, in that inimitable accent that will be forever London. "Books are like my one and only joy." What?! Lead singer of a band that changed a culture, and of another band so radical that it’s still influencing bands now, says that books are more important than music? "Yeah," says Lydon, "I think the written word is more powerful. Music is a simulation of something, but language is the greatest thing we possess."

It’s certainly true that Lydon’s key contribution to the phenomenon that was the Sex Pistols was not musical. He screamed rather than sang the lyrics, and he didn’t play an instrument, but it’s also true that, 33 years since they exploded onto the British stage, and 31 years since they drizzled out in a puddle of acrimony and feuds, they still sound amazingly fresh. It’s true, too, that Public Image Ltd, which Lydon started after the Pistols died in 1978, managed that rare feat of genuine musical innovation. It was hit and miss, but some of it’s still mesmerising stuff.

"A poetry background," says Lydon, "does help." I’ve just told him that while he was screaming about anarchy in the UK, I was sighing over Keats in a nice house in Guildford, and he has countered that he was reading Keats in a council flat in Finsbury Park. "I can count metric beats," he adds, "so I’m already there." It was Lydon, of course, who wrote the lyrics for the songs that became anthems for a generation, songs perhaps best summed up by the title of one of them, "I Wanna Be Me". He started writing the lyrics for what would become Public Image Ltd while still with the Sex Pistols, on that final, fatal American tour. "I approach music the same way I do books," he says. "I want to get the best out of it. I want to get it right. It can lead into ‘difficult to work with’ expressions." Indeed it can.

It’s 16 years since PiL (as he calls it) last performed. Its current incarnation, brought together for a brief tour, is, apart from Lydon, an entirely new line-up. He has said in the past that it was closer to his heart than the Sex Pistols. Does he still think this? Lydon takes a deep drag of his cigarette (he has also, I’m slightly relieved to see, cracked open a can of beer) and pauses. "It’s a really hard one, because people from the Pistols are in here," he says, tapping his heart, "and the songs are there too, but there’s so many tragic elements in it. And the restrictions of the band; we couldn’t really go much further. The management was definitely a dead weight around our necks. Actually, I felt a bit like an albatross. This is where I’ve got to say I’m not a leader, bully or dictator, because I need other people to understand what I’m doing and contribute for it to be truly successful. If I’m left to my own devices, I will be tempted to make the most unlistenable music possible."

Maybe he would, but if some of the music in PiL is weird at first, it has also been fantastically influential. It’s hard to imagine Red Hot Chili Peppers, Massive Attack or the Prodigy without it. Lydon nods. "I’m still hearing records coming out that mimic our style," he says, "but they don’t give us credit." Doesn’t that make him proud? "No! I’m a bit annoyed, because I’ve never done anything in my life to be like somebody else. Oasis annoy me, you know? The voice annoys me. He could’ve come up with his own thing." But not everyone can be original, can they? "There are," says Lydon sternly, "no limits to where our brains can take us. We are, if there be a God, God’s gracious creation."

If there be a God! Earlier, I heard Lydon say "God bless you" to someone. Does the man who tried to smash the British establishment (not to mention the monarchy) believe in God? "Well," he says, "we’ve yet to design him correctly." And then he launches into a great diatribe about how religions are "political structures to maintain and contain society" and how there’s a "definite energy" behind us, and how he’s fascinated by insects and animals (he has made several programmes about wildlife, not to mention a little programme called I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!) and how he has "so many thoughts all running at once", which is clearly true. He is still, at 53, clearly so energetic, and so curious, and such a life force, that it seems tragic, in retrospect, that the Sex Pistols came to be associated with so much misery and, of course, death. Doesn’t it?

"Poor Sid," says Lydon. From the way his body slumps, it’s clear that the death of his friend and fellow band-mate, Sid Vicious, from a drug overdose after the violent death of his girl-friend, Nancy, still haunts him. "Once you start on that heroin trail of self pity," he says, "it’s gone. I’m sorry, God, for the day I brought Sid into the band. He felt so isolated, poor old Sid, because he wasn’t the sharpest knife on the block. The best aspect of his character, which was his humour, just vanished the day he joined the Pistols."

In Rotten, and in The Filth and the Fury, the documentary that Julien Temple made about the Sex Pistols, Lydon talks about the humour in the band, the fact that it was influenced by British comics ranging from Ken Dodd to Tommy Cooper, and the English sense that "even in your grimmest moments, laugh". He talks, in fact, about the Sex Pistols as a form of music hall, which might surprise some of those who took its anti-establishment invective literally. So was the anger genuine or not?

"It wasn’t forced," says Lydon. "Malcolm [McLaren] would assume that this was some fabulously vacuous poetry. He thought it was arty. No, Malcolm, you need to come back and see what us people really live in." Sure, but Lydon has talked about his background as being loving, and he, in spite of being chucked out of school, was thinking about becoming a teacher, and has talked about the virtues of a working-class community that has now gone, so what was he so angry about? There’s a pause. "Erm, I suppose the school system," he says. You suppose? "I’ll add priests in here too," he says. "More or less the same. Quite a lot of authoritarian figures." Er, yes. Well, he was only 19.

Johnny Rotten was, of course, a persona. He was a character who drew, Lydon has admitted, rather heavily on Shakespeare’s Richard III. He was a character who was also in serious danger of becoming a caricature. Rotten died when the Sex Pistols died, and when McLaren refused to allow Lydon to use the name, but a version of him has lived on. He has lived in LA, with his wife Nora, for nearly 30 years. He has done films and telly. He has done I’m a Celebrity (for charity, apparently) and ads for butter ("Not huge money, but hilarious" because it was "such a politically incorrect product"). He has pontificated about the establishment. He has pontificated with me, now, for about an hour and a half, occasionally contradicting himself, and barely pausing for breath.

"I’m a spiteful bastard, always have been," he says in Rotten. I think he’s wrong. I think he’s rather a sweet man who was thrust into the limelight as a teenager, and who has spent his life recovering from that, and has managed to do it with a degree of domestic stability rare even outside showbiz, and who may, in recent years, have lacked a certain focus, and whose conversation can, at times, lack a certain coherence, but who, when all’s said and done, actually helped to change – to really change – a culture. And how many people can say that?

Public Image Ltd are on tour from 15 to 23 December; a remastered version of Metal Box is released on 14 December

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SLADES ONLINE SNOWBALL GAME

 Hey   In an effort to make you feel even more festive than you probably already are, Slade have devised an online game to keep you and your friends amused this xmas break.   It¹s called ŒNoddy¹s Snowballs¹ and the aim of the game is to control Noddy Holder and help him pelt stuff with snowballs! You can also win a Santa Stocking full of CDs and an option to ŒSlade Yourself¹ for the ultimate xmas card. Suffice to say, it¹s lots of fun!   You can play the game here:   http://www.umtv.co.uk/itschristmas/ <http://www.umtv.co.uk/itschristmas/>   It would be well within the xmas spirit if you could post news of the game on the site! I¹ve attached a couple of screen grabs from the game and Slade¹s ŒMerry Xmas Everybody ­ Slade Party Hits¹ album is out now ­ info below.   Enjoy the game and talk to you soon,   James              Album: ³Merry Xmas Everybody ­ Slade Party Hits²   Universal Music are proud to announce the imminent release of ³Merry Xmas Everybody ­ Slade Party   With their unique blend of pop perfect rock n roll, outrageous flamboyance and sense of fun, Slade are one of the best loved British bands of all time. Since forming in 1966, Noddy Holder, Dave Hill, Jimmy Lea and Don Powell notched up 23 Top 20 singles (including 6 No 1¹s) and 6 hit albums. In the early seventies Slade were, without doubt, the biggest band in the UK charts ­ the band scored an incredible eleven top 5 singles between 1971 and 1974 alone.    Originally the In-Be-Tweens and then Ambrosia Slade, the band hooked up with Animals player come manager Chas Chandler (who had discovered Jimi Hendrix) and changed their name to Slade. They became one of the most popular exponents of the burgeoning glam scene of the early 1970¹s  Chart success was aligned with a reputation as consummate live performers and Slade¹s reputation as the ultimate party band was born.   ³Merry Xmas Everybody ­ Slade Party Hits² brings together some of the band¹s best loved hits, including ³Merry Christmas Everybody², Mama Weer All Crazee Now², ³C¹mon Feel The Noize² and ³Skweeze Me Pleeze Me² for the perfect Christmas Compilation.   Full Tracklisting as follows:   1.      Merry Xmas Everybody 2.      Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 3.      Mama Weer All Crazee Now 4.      Let The Good Times Roll / Feel So Fine 5.      Coz I Love You 6.      Gudbuy To Jane 7.      Were Really Gonna Raise the Roof 8.      C¹mon Feel The Noize 9.      My Baby Left Me But That¹s Alright Mama 10.  Skweeze Me Please Me 11.  Let¹s Have A Party 12.  Hey Ho Wish You Well 13.  Let¹s Dance 14.  I¹m A Rocker 15.  My Oh My 16.  Standing On the Corner 17.  Do You Believe In Miracles 18.  All Join Hands 19.  Oaky Coaky 20.  Here¹s To the New Year   ³Merry Xmas Everybody ­ Slade Party Hits² is released through UMTV.   
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NEW VIVE LE PUNK THIS WED!!

Look out for the new December issue of Vive Le Punk live this wednesday-with-

THE ALBUMS OF 2009

DR FEELGOOD-OIL CITY!

WHO WILL REFORM IN 2010?

R.I.P REBELS 2009

THE COCKNEY REJECTS -30TH ANNIVERSARY

PLUS LIVE REVIEWS, POLSS AND OTHER RAW POWERED FUN!!

www.myspace.com/vivelepunkmag

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KIILING JOKE IN STUDIO

Killing Joke are in the studio right now, recording their first album for Spine Farm  records. Juggling between  Prague and London, Vive Le Punk will be visiting Youth in the studio on Friday to hear the first results. Apparently it will be their heaviest ever. More news asap!

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FALLEN LEAVES ALBUM

Ex Subway Sect  the Fallen Leaves new album is just out. heres a review from the Sunday Times.

 

The Fallen Leaves: It’s Too Late Now – the Sunday Times review

The Fallen Leaves are a four-piece built around the distinctive punk-mod guitar sound of the impeccably preserved Rob Symmons, who formed the stylish subversives Subway Sect in the 1970s. The Leaves’ debut stirs memories of the 1960s Brit-beat bands that inspired him and of the 1980s indie groups that aped his style. This sharp, angular, melodic garage-pop will doubtless appeal to the same authenticity-starved youngsters who have made Billy Childish their king, and will provide comfort for ageing hipsters worried that they just don’t make them like that any more.

Parliament PAR003

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COCKNEY REJECTS ARE 30!!

 West Hams finest the Cockney Rejects are celebrating 30 years of oi and street punk. Currently filming their documentary feature film East End Babylon, the band play the following dates. Oi Oi Oi!

 

Upcoming Shows

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Dec 11 2009 12:00A
CONNE ISLAND LEIPZIG
Dec 12 2009 12:00A
ZABRZE ZABRZE
Dec 19 2009 12:00A
THE CIRCUS TAVERN LONDON
Jan 22 2010 12:00A
SHIMOKITAZAWA GARDEN TOKYO
Jan 23 2010 12:00A
BOTTOM LINE NAGOYA
Jan 25 2010 12:00A
KING COBRA OSAKA
Apr 2 2010 12:00A
PUNK AND DISORDERLY FESTIVAL BERLIN
Jun 19 2010 12:00A
HELLFEST CLISSON
Aug 7 2010 12:00A
REBELLION BLACKPOOL
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COCKNEY REJECTS AREW 30!!

 West Hams finest the Cockney Rejects are celebrating 30 years of oi and street punk. Currently filming their documentary feature film East End Babylon, the band play the following dates. Oi Oi Oi!

 

Upcoming Shows

( view all )
Dec 11 2009 12:00A
CONNE ISLAND LEIPZIG
Dec 12 2009 12:00A
ZABRZE ZABRZE
Dec 19 2009 12:00A
THE CIRCUS TAVERN LONDON
Jan 22 2010 12:00A
SHIMOKITAZAWA GARDEN TOKYO
Jan 23 2010 12:00A
BOTTOM LINE NAGOYA
Jan 25 2010 12:00A
KING COBRA OSAKA
Apr 2 2010 12:00A
PUNK AND DISORDERLY FESTIVAL BERLIN
Jun 19 2010 12:00A
HELLFEST CLISSON
Aug 7 2010 12:00A
REBELLION BLACKPOOL
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BLOCKHEADS LIVE/FILM

The Blockheads @ The Lemon Tree Aberdeen,uk 05-12-09

The band make their entrance to Derek shouting “Oi Oi!” and they are straight into “sex, drugs and rock n roll”, with John sporting a great “sex drugs and sausage rolls“ t-shirt! “Inbetweenies” is up next with the band putting on hats and funny glasses. Newer songs “feel the funk” and “where’s the party” get sung, but it is the older ones like “clever trever” and “sweet gene” that get the best responses.
 
Singing most of the songs now is Derek the Draw (Ian Dury’s former minder and friend) who also gave him the name. He sings the same sound as Ian but without trying to emulate him. This must be a great feeling going from backstage to fronting one the great entertaining bands around and he even co wrote some of the songs for the new album. Along with original members Chaz Jankel (Durys co-writer) Norman Watt Ray, Mick Gallagher, John Turnbull
The Blockheads sound is inspired by many musical influences including jazz, reggae and punk.
 
They finish the evening with “Hit me with your rhythm stick” and a long rendition of “reasons to be cheerful”. With many references to the great Ian Dury, it is a pleasure that they are still touring and keeping the music alive.
 
So look forward to next year when Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll <http://www.sex-drugs-rock-roll-thefilm.com/>  will be released on January 8th 2010. The film stars Andy Serkis as Ian Dury and also features Mackenzie Crook, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones and Naomie Harris. Chaz Jankel has composed some original material for the score and the band have re-recorded several of their best known tracks for the film with Andy Serkis on vocals. The film focuses on Ian Dury’s personal relationships during his rise to fame
 
Dod Morrison


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SICK OF ITALL ALBUM/TOUR

 Our people, We’re excited to announce that we just finished our new album ‘Based On a True Story’ that will be out in May 2010 on Century Media.  It’s hard-hitting and aggressive, but multi-dimensional, with a good dose of melody worked in and some great sing-alongs.  Just like our last record, ‘Death to Tyrants,’ we have Danish metal’s own Tue Madsen at the helm, so the sound is top notch.  It’s a new approach for the new decade that we know our fans will love.  To kick off the touring, we’ll be in the UK supporting our boys AFI in early April.  We’ve never toured together outside of the States, and it’ll be awesome to bring the combo to new shores.  I hope to see all our friends at the shows, screaming along the whole way!
SICK OF IT ALL

Sick Of It All with AFI
Except *headline shows

*03 – APR – Plymouth White Rabbit (headline)
05-Apr Nottingham Rock City
06-Apr London Brixton O2 Academy
08-Apr Glasgow ABC
09-Apr Manchester Academy
*10-Apr Tunbridge Wells Forum (headline)
11-Apr Newcastle O2 Academy
12-Apr Birmingham O2 Academy

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IGGY POP/ALICE COOPER 4 SONOSPHERE!

  Looking like its going to be a great line up!!Just announced. Read on!! SONISPHERE FESTIVAL KNEBWORTH 2010 IS GO FOR JULY 30, 31 AND AUG 1! NOW THREE DAYS OF THE BEST!!  * IRON MAIDEN & RAMMSTEIN TO HEADLINE *  ** IRON MAIDEN ONLY UK PERFORMANCE OF 2010 **  * RAMMSTEIN - DEBUT UK FESTIVAL APPEARANCE AND ONLY UK FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE OF 2010 *  PLUS ALREADY CONFIRMED WITH MANY MORE TO BE ADDED  * ALICE COOPER, ANTHRAX, THE CULT, IGGY & THE STOOGES & SLAYER ONLY UK FESTIVIAL APPEARANCES *  ** MÖTLEY CRÜE ONLY UK SHOW OF 2010 **  * TICKETS TO GO ON SALE WEDNESDAY 9th DECEMBER AT 6PM *                                                                                                                 (Iron Maiden: Credit John McMurtrie)        (Rammstein: Credit Paul Brown)       Having established itself as the ³Best New Festival² at the 2009 UK Festival Awards, SONISPHERE FESTIVAL KNEBWORTH moves from strength to strength with the announcement of our phenomenal 2010 headliners, as well as the first of many great bands for the three day event over July 30, 31 and Aug 1.   With the power to rock the very foundations of Knebworth Hall itself, the weekend headliners, both renowned for sensational live shows, are British Metal titans  IRON MAIDEN - for whom KNEBWORTH will be their only UK appearance of 2010 - and German industrial rock monsters RAMMSTEIN, who make their first - and only 2010 - UK Festival appearance.   The legendary IRON MAIDEN, whose last UK concert was a sold out show to 50,000 fans at Twickenham Stadium in July 2008, are the biggest selling British Metal band of all time, with album sales in excess of 80 million based on a huge following around the planet built on extensive and spectacular World Tours and the sheer excitement of their live performances. Brit Award winners for BEST BRITISH LIVE ACT earlier this year, Maiden have been at the forefront of Metal for over twenty-five years and continue to go forward with ever increasing success both critically and commercially. Their last tour alone visited 38 countries and played to 2 million passionate fans, with the recent award winning DVD ³Flight 666² of this tour making it to No 1 in 25 countries including the UK and USA, where it is still the top selling music DVD so far this year.  We are delighted to present a rare opportunity for Sonisphere fans to see one of the world¹s truly unique and legendary bands in the magnificent setting of the grounds of Knebworth.  Prior to playing a few selected dates next summer, Maiden are currently working on a new album expected to be released late next year. Iconic frontman Bruce Dickinson took time out to comment:  ³Knebworth has been the home of so many legendary concerts going back many years it really will be a privilege to play there. We enjoy the camaraderie of playing great festivals and are very much looking forward to getting back out to do some shows next summer and, as it will be over two years since we played the UK, we will certainly be looking to deliver a memorable and spectacular night for our fans!²  RAMMSTEIN, against all odds, have become one of the biggest selling industrial metal acts of all time since their formation 1994.  Despite singing in their native German tongue, the band has enjoyed huge success across the globe notably in the UK and the US, making them one of Germany¹s biggest musical exports. Famed for outrageous and electric live shows, fans at Knebworth can expect fire, lasers, smoke and a hefty amount of explosives. SONISPHERE are proud to not only have the band headline at Knebworth, but also to host the band¹s debut UK festival performance.. Currently out on a world tour in support of their latest album, ³Liebe Ist Für Alle Da², the band commented on their headline slot:   ³The great support that we¹ve experienced from the UK fans has been beyond anything we expected. This will be the first time that Rammstein has appeared at a festival in the UK and we are looking forward to putting on a show that no-one will ever forget!²  In addition to the two headliners, we already have a host of major acts confirmed ­ and it¹s not even Christmas yet!!  There is much more to come with dozens more bands to be announced in the new year ­ metal, rock, hardcore, thrash, classic, indie, punk, you name it, we will have it. From well-established rock icons to the hottest new names, if they rock and are worth seeing, they will be playing at Knebworth. Keep up to date on all the developments at our website www.sonispherefestivals.com <http://www.sonispherefestivals.com>      So it is with great anticipation that we can already announce the following line up -  Firstly, the exclusive UK appearance of two bona-fide thrash legends.   From the west coast of America, the heaviest of the heavy, SLAYER will take to the Knebworth stage to deliver furious metal delivered at breakneck speed. The Grammy nominated LA Kings of Thrash have not appeared at a UK festival for 3 years, and their exclusive appearance at SONISPHERE this summer will be a welcome return to a festival stage in the UK.  Complementing this performance, from New York, speed metal kings ANTHRAX return to Knebworth with John Bush back in the fold. Alongside SLAYER and last year¹s headliners METALLICA, ANTHRAX are one of the BIG FOUR who have made Thrash metal what it is. Comments guitarist Scott Ian   ³God-damn we couldn't be more thrilled about being a part of Sonisphere 2010!!!! We are still buzzing from our insane show at Knebworth last summer and are drooling over the fact that we are a part of this history making festival!! What an amazing Xmas present for Anthrax and our fans. See you all very soon!!²  Flying in from LA for their only UK show of 2010, Glam-metallers MÖTLEY CRÜE will be bringing with them their sleaze-drenched Rock. The embodiment of the Rock¹n¹Roll spirit and with over 80 million albums sold, the Crue will be armed with a catalogue of hits as VINCE NEIL, TOMMY LEE, NIKKI SIXX and MICK MARS shock their way through anthems such as ³Girls, Girls, Girls², ³Dr Feelgood², ³Kickstart My Heart² and ³Shout At The Devil².  THE CULT, also making an exclusive UK festival appearance, have marked England¹s place on the global rock map, being one of the few UK hard-rock bands to truly break in the US. They enjoyed six top-ten albums, with a string of hit singles amassing a huge and dedicated fan base. IAN ASTBURY and co will be making their first UK festival appearance in nearly a decade at Knebworth next summer.  With so many legends on the bill already, one would think it impossible to confirm more so early on. But we can announce that IGGY & THE STOOGES are also set to play an exclusive UK festival show. Instrumental in making Metal, Alternative and Punk Rock - all essential ingredients of SONISPHERE - what it is today. IGGY, notorious as the Godfather of Punk, and his band will be highly anticipated we are sure and will certainly make their presence felt!  SONISPHERE FESTIVAL KNEBWORTH is set to be an even bigger monster in 2010, with the extra day of music added. Friday 30th July will see the festivities getting started with a Rocky Horror show theme, and ALICE COOPER ­ the legendary godfather of theatrical rock ­ suitably closing the evening on the SATURN stage at his only UK festival performance of 2010. With hits such as ³Schools Out², ³Poison² and ³Hey Stoopid² plus a full theatrical set, the iconic singer is the perfect focus for the evening¹s theme. Fancy dress is expected and encouraged. In addition to the acts on SATURN, there will be bands performing on two tented stages from 6pm until 11pm.   Regular campers will have access to the campsite from 12pm on the Friday, but for a mere £5, the festival campsite will open for early campers at 3pm on Thursday 29th July, with Bohemia village open from 6pm Thursday right through until 3am Sunday morning, for non-stop fun with white knuckle rides, dodgems, arcades, comedy, massage, bars, market stalls, and cafes to chill out in.   If you missed out on last year getting to Knebworth Park is EASY! Only 25 minutes from London and 2 hours from Birmingham, Knebworth is right on the A1(M) and served by a mainline train station. Add to that the FREE shuttle service and coach packages offered by Sonisphere and you can be sure you will be standing in front of the Apollo stage in no time. See our website for fuller details. www.sonispherefestivals.com <http://www.sonispherefestivals.com>  <http://www.sonispherefestivals.com>    With an already fantastic line-up taking shape, plus a whole host of awesome new names to be revealed in the new year, plus full weekend tickets including camping for only £157.50 - with NO BOOKING FEE ­ and with a deposit scheme of only £40, there really is no reason to wait. What¹s more, as a massive SONISPHERE Xmas present, the first several thousand tickets paid for in full will come with a free ticket for SONISPHERE POLAND, which in itself will be an unmissable event. See www.sonispherefestivals.com <http://www.sonispherefestivals.com>  for details of a very special one-day lineup. Never before has one ticket price offered so much value.  SONISPHERE has teamed up with Lastminute.com to offer some exclusive discounted travel and accommodation deals for people wishing to attend the Poland event. Whether you just want to see the show or fancy making it a two night adventure in one of Europe's most intriguing cities, a range of cut-price options to suit your budget and location are available at www.sonispherefestivals.com <http://www.sonispherefestivals.com> <http://www.sonispherefestivals.com>     Tickets for SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH go on sale Wednesday 9th December at 6pm at www.sonispherefestivals.com <http://www.sonispherefestivals.com> Tickets are priced as follows: Weekend ticket £132.50 (NO BOOKING FEE) Weekend ticket with camping- £157.50 (NO BOOKING FEE) Early camper - £5 Locker - £10 Car park - £10 in advance/£20 on the day   Deposit scheme is available for £40 until midnight on April 30th 2010 - the balance would need to be paid off by May 31st 2010.   Sonisphere Poland offer is non transferable and requires photo ID on arrival, and is a limited first come, first serve offer.  Line up so far:   IRON MAIDEN ** RAMMSTEIN  ALICE COOPER  ANTHRAX  THE CULT  IGGY & THE STOOGES  MÖTLEY CRÜE ** SLAYER    All exclusive UK festival performances except ** Only UK performance of 2010   
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WOLFMEN SINGLE/ALBUM

Its been out a few weeks  but its brilliant!! The Wolfmen-those ex Adam and the Ants have a new album and single. check em below!!! Vive le punk highly recommends em!!!

Possibly, in recent weeks, you’ve heard Jackie, Is It My Birthday? during repeat plays on a cross-section of BBC Radio formats : regional shows, 6 Music or perhaps Radio 2 – where last Saturday Dermot O Leary (also of Big Brother and X Factor fame) give Jackie a good plugging, describing the combined line up Chris Constantinou, Sinead O’Connor, Marco Pirroni and Courtney Taylor-Taylor as "a dream team" and "the Harlem Globe Trotters of the music scene"……

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Now, from today Jackie is yours to have and to hold as the single is released on hard-copy formats – vinyl and CD, both are available from Cargo Records……

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Jackie, Is It My Birthday? – CD single….

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Jackie, Is It My Birthday? – 7" single….

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Or a digital download is available via iTunes……

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And while your clicking around and about on the net, and if you’re a Facebooker – why not come on over and join the The Wolfmen’s offical Facebook page simpy click on the Wolf-widget at the top right of this page……

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CRASHED OUT ONLINE

 Hi Folks the brand new updated CRASHED OUT web site is now online, band interviews, pix, downloads, merch & gig dates all there on the new site. So  please give it a once over cheeeeazzzzz:   www.crashed-out.co.uk 
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NEW UK SUBS SITE!

 U.K. Subs - Time & Matter website  Introducing a brand new website.  The U.K.Subs online historical archive!  Featuring: Detailed discography by format, covering every U.K. Subs release worldwide, ever!  From Fanzines to Fan Club… it’s all here.  A comprehensive chronology and gigography, including artwork, press cuttings, photos and memorabilia galore.  Anything and everything about the U.K.Subs and Charlie Harper will be covered!  Also features an online U.K.Subs community for you to join, with a fans forum, plus plenty of opportunities to contribute to this ever growing project.  Bookmark this fabulous new website now  Join us at:  www.uksubstimeandmatter.net  See you there!  
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ENGLISH BEAT US TOUR

ENGLISH BEAT US TOUR

Veteran ska act The English Beat have announced a US tour set for February and March of next year. The band will be hitting the road with support from Fishbone and Outlaw Nation. The shows kick off on February 12th in Austin, TX and wrap up nearly a month later in Englewood, CO. The English Beat-is guitarist Dave Wakelings version of the band. February 12, 2010 Emo’s Austin, TX February 13, 2010 Granada Theatre Dallas, TX February 14, 2010 Warehouse Live Houston, TX February 16, 2010 Club at Firestone Orlando, FL February 17, 2010 Culture Room Ft Lauderdale, FL February 18, 2010 State Theatre St. Petersburg, FL February 19, 2010 The Loft Atlanta, GA February 20, 2010 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC February 23, 2010 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA February 25, 2010 Stone Pony Asbury Park, NJ February 26, 2010 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA February 27, 2010 The Fillmore at Irving Plaza New York, NY March 1, 2010 The Madhatter Covington, KY March 2, 2010 House of Blues Chicago, IL March 3, 2010 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI March 4, 2010 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN March 5, 2010 Slowdown Omaha, NE March 6, 2010 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO

 


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